National and regional elections in Guyana are just two weeks away – and for this I am breaking my hiatus from blogging. This will be my first time voting in Guyana and I am thrilled to be able to exercise this right.
I can’t speak from experience but this seems to be one of the most exciting and hotly contested elections in Guyana’s history. Recapping what happened last elections – the incumbent won but not enough seats to hold the majority in Parliament. For the first time in Guyana’s history, we had a minority Government. This led to stalemate on several issues. Nearing the end of 2014, the Opposition parties agreed to both declare a vote of no confidence against the Government. In response, Parliament’s sitting was delayed…and delayed… until the President announced that he was suspending Parliament altogether. We made international news (serious international news) for that move:
And Guyana carried on without Parliament for a couple of months until President Ramotar set the date (May 11) for elections in late January 2015.
On Valentine’s Day, the two main opposition parties, the APNU and the AFC, announced they were running together as a coalition prompting many ‘marriage’ jokes, upsetting some and giving others hope that, after 22 years, another party might sit in power.
And that’s pretty much where we are today – give or take a few scandals.